"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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"A most interesting mixture..."

March 24, 2019

We speak very often about the flooded forests of South America and elsewhere when discussing unique ecological niches in which terrestrial materials, such as botanicals, roots, branches, leaves, and soil play a role in shaping the aquatic ecosystem which arises following the inundation. The mix of materials which comprise these unique habitats has defnitely been an inspiration for me to create quite a few different aquariums over the years! There is so much we can learn from studying these systems that we can apply in our hobby work! To show you how geeky I am about this stuff, I have spent hours pouring over pics and video screen shots of some of these igapo habitats over the years, and literally...

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Getting over "The Block"

March 23, 2019

It is fascinating to watch the evolution of natural-style aquariums in the hobby. For decades, hobbyists have been talking about Nature and mimicking various components of it in our tanks. And for many years, I think we have been collectively a bit timid to get (literally) "down and dirty" with our aquariums. This is changing, and will continue to do so. Tiem to remove some mental "blocks" we have carried around for the better part of a century in the aquarium hobby. Leaves scattered on the substrate of an aquarium is not exactly a super high concept in Aquascaping...Or, is it? I think it actually is. Sometimes, the seemingly most simple moves are the most complex, dynamic ones. With leaves,...

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